More than 700 members of Pickerington's Class of 2008 will receive their diplomas during commencement ceremonies May 31 at World Harvest Church.

More than 700 members of Pickerington's Class of 2008 will receive their diplomas during commencement ceremonies May 31 at World Harvest Church.

Pickerington High School North will hold its event at 9 a.m. with 406 students receiving diplomas. Graduates Amanda Clopton and Heather Humphries will speak.

Pickerington High School Central will celebrate commencement at 1 p.m. with 308 students receiving diplomas. Graduates Amina Mansaray and Heather Robison will speak.

As of last week, the PHS North class had collected more than $6.5-million in scholarship offers. A total of 44 students will graduate with a grade point average of 4.0 or better.

This year's PHS North top 10 students, the schools they will attend in the fall and their anticipated majors are:

Kori Brady, University of North Carolina, psychology.

Sravya Brahmandam, Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine, sociology.

Nathan Corder, University of Alabama, mathematics and statistics.

Ashley Logsdon, University of Notre Dame, biology and theology.

Karissa Magnuson, Murray State University, pre-veterinary.

Sean Murphy, University of North Carolina, psychology.

Yasong Niu, Northwestern University, economics.

Nisha Rao, Princeton University, molecular biology.

Amanda Riley, University of South Carolina, international business.

Neelay Thakkar, Northeastern Ohio University College of Medicine, sociology.

PHS North director of guidance Chad Gill said the grade point averages among the top 10 students ranged from 4.49 to 4.3.

The most popular college for members of the PHS North class of 2008 is Ohio University, with 59 members planning to attend in the fall. According to information from the school, another 44 will attend The Ohio State University and 25 will go to Columbus State Community College. In addition, three members of the class have enlisted in the U.S. Army.

Gill said what he finds most striking about this year's graduating class is the students' sense of togetherness.

"One thing you notice is this class seems to not have a lot of cliques," he said. "A lot of kids seem to have friends of all different interests. It seems like a very close-knit senior class. They really enjoyed high school and their time together."

As of last week, the PHS Central class of 2008 had collected more than $4.5-million in scholarship offers. A total of 25 students will graduate with grade point averages of 4.0 or better.

This year's PHS Central top 10 students, the schools they will attend in the fall and their anticipated majors are:

Rachael Alton, Denison University, physics.

Joseph Corll, Ohio State University, aerospace engineering.

Leah Halper, Ohio State University, political science or psychology.

Jennifer Hand, Northern Kentucky University, pre-med/chemistry.

Jordan Marshall, Ohio State University, chemistry.

Lonnie Meadows, University of Cincinnati, chemistry.

Megan Nieman, Auburn University, fashion design or business.

Nischal Raya, Ohio State University, biochemistry or finance.

Arianne Saunders, Ohio State University, chemistry and physics.

Molly Sullivan, Kent State University, dance or math education.

PHS Central director of guidance Wayne Ferne said the grade point averages among the top 10 students ranged from 4.3 to 4.15.

The most popular college for members of the PHS North class of 2008 is Ohio State University, with 42 members planning to attend in the fall. Another 23 will attend Ohio University and 22 will go to Columbus State Community College.

In addition, one student, Catherine O'Brien, is going to the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs and five have enlisted in various branches of the armed services.

Ferne said this year's senior class has a wide variety of interests, as demonstrated by their college selections.

"It seems like they are going to a wide variety of schools and that we have a lot of kids going to their own school," Ferne said. "It's not like they are buddying up and going off to college, which is a good thing."

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